|Review: Speirling - The Piper|
Label: Unholy Design Records
Year released: 2008
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: October 7, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Rated 2/5 (40%) (3 Votes)
Seeing that The Piper had Thrash elements was not really exciting to me. Then, finding out it was a concept album about the story of the Pied Piper, made it more appealing, epic and interesting.
At first, the somewhat raw recording, with cardboard sounding drums turned me a bit off. Upon more careful listen though, I discovered a pretty cool and pleasant Black Metal release. The Thrash parts are just present in the riffs, but they don't take too much room in the song structure. As for the rawer production, beside a couple spots where the drum sounds bad, like on "Filthy" and "Cold", it is really not an issue. This leaves us with an easy to listen to, simple and melodic type of Black Metal, having a certain epic feel as a bonus. Not bad a release at all. Nice distorted guitars (riffs/arpeggios), catchy at times, mid to mid-fast paces, along with faster ones, combined with dual vocals (sick rasps vs. clean vocals) to tell the story originally written by Hamelin. All this served in a Black Metal environment. Adding more melodic tonalities, the keyboards, usually discrete, rain and thunder samplings, as well as acoustic guitars are gracing some of the best compositions. One can find them in songs like "Born Again Damned"and "Three Shrill Notes". A much calmer/ambient piece with distorted lead can be heard on spot #6, "Into the Blazing Abyss".
The Piper is actually a pretty easy and Nice Black Metal album to get into. Perhaps it would give Hamelin some nightmares, or maybe he'd headbang on it as well!
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